Kwel hoy': "We Draw the Line"
NORTH VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA and COAST SALISH TERRITORY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 29, 2013) - Tsleil-Waututh Nation unveils a gift from master carver Jewell James of the Lummi Tribe.
This unique Totem will stand tall in the Tsleil-Waututh community as a permanent symbol of solidarity among Coast Salish Nations opposing destructive fossil fuel projects like Kinder Morgan's project to twin the already existing pipeline that runs from Alberta's tar sands to Burnaby's Westridge Terminal which will increase oil tanker traffic along the West Coast. This will have a devastating impact on both the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, people of the Inlet, and the Lummi Nation, people of the Sea.
"In accepting this wonderful gift of unity, we are also sending a clear message to Kinder Morgan: Kwel hoy' - meaning We Draw the Line in the traditional Lummi language," says Chief Maureen Thomas, Tsleil-Waututh Nation. "We will do what it takes to protect our community, our land and our water from oil spills, and to heal the land and water from the harm Kinder Morgan and its predecessors have already done."